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October 10, 2023
Osovski and Crane's Podium Finishes Lead GVH to Team Title at USATF Masters Cross Country Championships
Photo: Mike Scott
On Saturday (7-October) six (6) members of USATF Niagara competed in the
USATF Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships
in Boca Raton, FL. The championships, were the tenth, and final, race in the 2023 USATF National Masters Grand Prix. A total of 114 athletes (78 men and 36 women) competed in the championships; ranging in age from 40 to 90. The race conditions were hot and humid with temperatures reaching the mid-80s with 85% humidity.
The storylines of the day were the national title won by
(Genesee Valley Harriers) in the women's 55-59 division and the team title won by the
Genesee Valley Harriers
women's 50+ team.
Osovski, 57, won the women's 55-59 division in a time of 24:49. She defeated Lori Mangual from Long Island by over five minutes. In the women's 50-54 division
(54, Genesee Valley Harriers) finished third running 23:26. In the women's 60-64 division
(61, Genesee Valley Harriers) finished fourth running 25:18. The Genesee Valley Harriers trio combined for a team time of 1:17:01 to win the W50+ team title.
In the men's race,
just missed podium finishes as they finished fourth and fifth in the their respective age divisions. Hernandez, 47, ran 18:29 in the men's 45-49 division to place fourth. In the men's 55-59 division Flanders time of 19:27 secured a fifth place division finish.
(63, Checkers AC) finished eighth in the men's 60-64 division running 34:46.